Do you ever think about how easy it would be if everybody in this world would just act/think/want like you do, that everything would be a lot easier then? Or maybe you don’t even wonder about that, you just expect people to be and think and want like you. In childrens books, and here in a young adults novel, you often find the most amazing truths. Just a few days ago I finished reading John Green’s Paper Towns and I loved some of the wisdoms. I was most impressed with the one you can read right here…
“You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it’s going with my girlfriend – but I don’t give a shit, man, because you’re you. My parents have a shit ton of black Santa’s but that’s okay. They’re them. I’m too obsessed with a reference Web site to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call, or my girlfriend. That’s okay too. That’s me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You’re funny, and you’re smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually.”
“Yeah, well, I wasn’t complimenting you. Just saying: stop thinking Ben should be you, and he needs to stop thinking you should be him, and y’all just chill the hell out.”
So often we tend to forget that every single person on this earth is different from every other person on this earth. Isn’t that amazing? That’s why people are so great: they are all unique. And often we totally do not get what drives the people around us and why they do what they do but we can learn so much from anyone of them. What would the world be like if it only consisted of copies of you? I sometimes wonder. I think that would be a very difficult world to live in. Much more difficult than the world I live in now. And yes I am sometimes very annoyed with people who do not do what I’d like them to do or think what I’d like them to think, but it also makes me broaden my mind and that’s when I welcome and accept that it is a great thing that everyone is so different from one another. Thanks John Green, for this beautiful reminder.